LTU host: Leonidas Matsakas, Associate Professor, Biochemical Process Engineering, SBN
Duration of visit: 1 month
Estimated date(s) of visit: 19/08-2022 – 18/09-2022
Heiko Lange obtained his PhD from the University of Münster in Germany. He conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge, UK, and at Harvard University before starting studies on natural polyphenols at the University ‘Tor Vergata’ where he was eventually appointed Assistant Professor before moving to the University ‘Federico II’. In 2021 HL was appointed Associate Professor for General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Milano-Bicocca. His research comprises sustainable and/or green methods for the valorisation of natural polyphenols.
Aim and Scope of the visit
SUN will benefit from enabling the launch a new longer-term collaborative research project MOTIVATOR – Mineral-triggered Oxidoreductive Lignin Valorisation in Continuous Reactors. The research activities exploit ore and wood resources in an efficient novel process that is designed to flexibly host varying reaction parameters such as to allow tuning for natural variations in biomass and the targeted monomeric aromatic compounds. The visit also enables actively sharing knowledge in form of seminars and lectures.